Dr Kate Blackstone is a music psychology researcher dedicated to empowering early career musicians to find their own success and create fulfilling music careers. She holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, where she completed a study exploring the career aspirations and transitions of conservatoire graduates. Since then she has been a member of research groups based at the University of Leeds and Lucerne School of Music, working on projects investigating Faculty of Arts graduates’ career destinations and music students’ wellbeing. A conservatoire graduate herself, Kate studied at the RNCM and the University of Manchester before building a freelance music career, combining a busy teaching schedule with regular performance engagements as a clarinettist. As a founder member of the Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Kate is equally at home playing to crowds of thousands of clubbers in Liverpool’s Sefton Park as she is playing contemporary music for fun amongst friends. Kate manages YCAT’s 21st Century Musician programme of career development events and resources.


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